July 1, 2004 In the latest Politically Speaking column, Congressional Correspondent David Welna says John Kerry may not be doing enough to win over the black and Latino vote.
July 1, 2004 This week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that enemy combatants have the right to be heard in American courts. Slate contributor Phillip Carter talks with NPR's Alex Chadwick about the practical effects of that decision for soldiers who are capturing fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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July 1, 2004 Commentator Michael Eric Dyson takes on conservatives and the media over criticism of filmmaker Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
July 1, 2004 For author Frye Gaillard, Alabama is a place of heroes. Many of them are chronicled in his new book, Cradle of Freedom, about the tumultuous racial events of 40 years ago leading up to and beyond the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Gaillard.
July 1, 2004 Medicare, homelessness, housing, day care, the minimum wage -- these issues have been largely eclipsed since April by news from Iraq. NPR's Tavis Smiley discusses the U.S. domestic agenda with Ron Walters of The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and NPR's Ken Rudin.
July 1, 2004 M. Jodi Rell will be sworn in Thursday as the new governor of Connecticut. Rell replaces Gov. John Rowland, who resigned under threat of impeachment. Rowland is accused of accepting gifts and services. He could still face a federal corruption indictment. Tandaleya Wilder of member station WSHU reports.
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July 1, 2004 Sudan's government promises to fight militias that have been raping and murdering thousands of black African villagers in the western Darfur region. But Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), who recently returned from Sudan, says evidence strongly suggests the militias have government support, and calls for a greater international presence in the region. Brownback speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep.
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June 30, 2004 Political editor Ken Rudin makes a prediction on who John Kerry will pick as his running mate.
June 30, 2004 Since 1976, in every presidential election year when gasoline prices were lower than they were in the previous presidential election year, the party in the White House remained in the White House. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Kohut, Director of the Pew Research Center, about the correlation between gas prices and the outcomes of Presidential elections.
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June 30, 2004 A variety of protests are expected to take place at this summer's Republican National Convention in New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and protest organizers have not come to an agreement on where the demonstrations will be allowed to take place. NPR's Margot Adler reports.
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June 30, 2004 Adonal Foyle graduated magna cum laude from Colgate and was a first-round draft choice for the Golden State Warriors in 1997. Now a free agent, he has a world of options. One choice is set: the organization he started three years back, Democracy Matters. Along with size and talent, Foyle also offers a little political dissent. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Foyle.
June 30, 2004 A major pollster says the U.S. is the most religious developed democracy in the world. That's why you hear one presidential candidate criticized for too often mixing his religious beliefs with his governance, while the other major candidate is criticized for not considering God often enough. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and Joe Laconte, a fellow in religion and a free society at the Heritage Foundation.
June 30, 2004 Speaking before the Hispanic organization La Raza, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry promises to reform immigration laws to ease citizenship rules for working immigrants. Kerry told the cheering crowd in Phoenix, Ariz., he would also work with Mexico to improve border security. Hear NPR's David Welna.
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June 30, 2004 Rejecting pleas from the Bush administration and the business community, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that victims of torture, genocide and other human rights crimes can sue their tormentors for damages in U.S. courts under the 1789 Alien Tort Claims Act. Hear NPR's Nina Totenberg.
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June 30, 2004 With its largely Latino population, New Mexico's demographics are unlike those of other states. Yet President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are running as tight a race there as in the rest of the country. Both candidates are campaigning hard for the battleground state's swing voters -- middle-class, suburban whites. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
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